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Contemporary Landscaping Project
Contemporary Landscaping Project
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
A Memorial-area art collector residing in a chic modern home wanted his house to be more visible from the street. His yard was full of trees, and he asked us to consider removing them and developing a more modern landscape design that would fully complement the exterior of his home. He was a personal friend of ours as well, and he understood that our policy is to preserve as many trees as possible whenever we undertake a project. However, we decided to make an exception in his case for two reasons. For one thing, he was a very close friend to many people in our company. Secondly, large trees simply would not work with a landscape reflective of the modern architecture that his house featured. The house had been built as story structure that was formed around a blend of unique curves and angles very reminiscent of the geometric patterns common in modern sculpture and art. The windows had been built deliberately large, so that visitors driving up to the house could have a lighted glimpse into the interior, where many sculptures and works of modern art were showcased. The entire residence, in fact, was meant to showcase the eclectic diversity of his artistic tastes, and provide a glimpse at the elegant contents within the home. He asked us to create more modern look to the landscape that would complement the residence with patterns in vegetation, ornamentation, and a new lighted water fountain that would act like a mirror-image of the home. He also wanted us to sculpt the features we created in such a way as to center the eye of the viewer and draw it up and over the landscape to focus on the house itself. The challenge was to develop a truly sophisticated modern landscaping design that would compliment, but in no way overpower the façade of the home. In order to do this, we had to focus very carefully on the geometric appearance of the planting areas first. Since the vegetation would be surrounding a very large, circular stone drive, we took advantage of the contours and created a sense of flowing perspective. We were then very careful to plant vegetation that could be maintained at a very low growth height. This was to prevent vegetation from behaving like the previous trees which had blocked the view of the house. Small hedges, ferns, and flowers were planted in winding rows that followed the course of the circular stone driveway that surrounded the fountain. We then centered this new modern landscape plan with a very sophisticated contemporary fountain. We chose a circular shape for the fountain both to center the eye and to work as a compliment to the curved elements in the home’s exterior design. We selected black granite as the building material, partly because granite speaks to the monumental, and partly because it is a very common material for modern architecture and outdoor contemporary sculpture. We placed the fountain in the very center of the driveway as well, which had the effect of making the entire landscape appear to converge toward the middle of the home’s façade. To add a sense of eclectic refinement to the fountain, we then polished the granite so that anyone driving or walking up to the fountain would see a reflection of the home in the base. To maintain consistency of the circular shape, we radius cut all of the coping around the fountain was all radius cut from polished limestone. The lighter color of the limestone created an archetypal contrast of light and darkness, further contributing to the modern theme of the landscape design, and providing a surface for illumination so the fountain would remain an established keynote on the landscape during the night.
Cottage Gardens
Cottage Gardens
Anna Looper
Inspiration for a traditional partial sun front yard flower bed in Other.
Suburban Retreat
Suburban Retreat
NLH Landscape Architects
Photography by Linda Oyama Bryan
Design ideas for a traditional front yard landscaping in Chicago.
San Clemente Modern
San Clemente Modern
Living Gardens Landscape Design
This modern San Clemente home brings together a mix of materials - IPE wood, concrete, smooth white stucco, gravel and board formed concrete. Newly planted, more photos to come as it grows in.
Design/Build- Glencoe Garden
Design/Build- Glencoe Garden
Greenhaven Landscapes Inc.
This is an example of a large french country full sun front yard driveway in Chicago.
Bryn Mawr, PA - Meadow Design/Install
Bryn Mawr, PA - Meadow Design/Install
Refugia Landscape Design/Build
When you work with Refugia, know that you network with likeminded neighbors as concerned about conservation as you are. We create 'stepping stone gardens' that promote habitat connectivity for plants and wildlife for neighborhood nature conservation. Our long term goal is to not only restore species loss but over time, to reverse it - leading to enlarged and more resilient species populations better equipped to withstand normal population fluctuations for years to come. Collectively, our impact will make a difference.
Edgewater
Edgewater
Aleck Wilson Architects
Matthew Millman
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern full sun front yard garden path in San Francisco.
Mid century Vibe Front Yard - Bayside
Mid century Vibe Front Yard - Bayside
Ginkgo Leaf Studio
Planting beds of slate chip add a "zen" feel while complementing the colors and style of the home. Ribbons of beach pebbles in a coordinating color carry the linear theme throughout. Westhauser Photography
Eagle Rock Front Garden Entryway
Eagle Rock Front Garden Entryway
Colwynn Garden Design
Gate and fence panels are made from Redwood, with a clear stain that emphasizes the natural color of Redwood.
Design ideas for a modern drought-tolerant and full sun front yard concrete paver garden path in Los Angeles.
Border Bed Next to Paver Pathway
Border Bed Next to Paver Pathway
Ecoscape Environmental Design
The lively color pallet of this front garden bed borders a geometrically designed pathway near the street in this quiet Boulder, Colorado neighborhood.
Storybook Landscape in Minnetonka Minnesota
Storybook Landscape in Minnetonka Minnesota
Stonepocket Unique Landscapes
Landscape by Stonepocket located in Minnetonka, Minnesota Creating a elegant landscape to blend with a home with such character and charm was a challenge in controlled resistant. Did not want the landscape to overwhelm the home, nor did I want a typical landscape for this style that usually involves a box hedge. Utilizing light in the front to create a perennial garden give the home a sense of place. Keep the planting mostly to whites and greens in the back unifies the space. photos by Stonepocket, Inc
Alhambra Valley 3
Alhambra Valley 3
Envision Landscape Studio
Photography by Joe Dodd
Design ideas for a large modern front yard landscaping in San Francisco.
Wallace Street Steps
Wallace Street Steps
Zaremba & Company
Concrete steps lead up to and through the Corten steel wall, their cantilevered construction making them appear to float atop the landscape. Photo by George Dzahristos.
LotusLand South aka Sycamore  Canyon Landscape
LotusLand South aka Sycamore Canyon Landscape
Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Very inviting walkway with Flagstone, Gravel and Stepstone Pavers. We found this amazing iron gate at an estate sale!
This is an example of a huge farmhouse partial sun front yard gravel landscaping in Santa Barbara.
Southampton beach house
Southampton beach house
Whitmores Landscaping
This is an example of a coastal partial sun front yard stone landscaping in New York.
Eclectic Spanish Beach Bungalow
Eclectic Spanish Beach Bungalow
White Sands Coastal Development
The 1,750-square foot Manhattan Beach bungalow is home to two humans and three dogs. Originally built in 1929, the bungalow had undergone various renovations that convoluted its original Moorish style. We gutted the home and completely updated both the interior and exterior. We opened the floor plan, rebuilt the ceiling with reclaimed hand-hewn oak beams and created hand-troweled plaster walls that mimicked the construction and look of the original walls. We also rebuilt the living room fireplace by hand, brick-by-brick, and replaced the generic roof tiles with antique handmade clay tiles. We returned much of this 3-bed, 2-bath home to a more authentic aesthetic, while adding modern touches of luxury, like radiant-heated floors, bi-fold doors that open from the kitchen/dining area to a large deck, and a custom steam shower, with Moroccan-inspired tile and an antique mirror. The end result is evocative luxury in a compact space.
Eclectic Cape Cod Tudor - Anderson, SC
Eclectic Cape Cod Tudor - Anderson, SC
Chapman Design Group, Inc.
Mark Hoyle
This is an example of a mid-sized traditional partial sun front yard stone retaining wall landscape in Charlotte.
Merriman Residence
Merriman Residence
CMHP Design, LLC
Photo of a mid-sized traditional front yard stone formal garden in Charlotte.
A Unique Cobblestone Driveway
A Unique Cobblestone Driveway
Stone Farm
What an approach! A combination of European sandstone, reclaimed curbing and Belgian Porphyry squares create one stunning and functional driveway, built to last a lifetime.
Phinney Energy Remodel
Phinney Energy Remodel
Fivedot
A sequence of new fencing at the entry creates a sense of privacy from a busy street. Photo by Cleary O'Farrell
Photo of a contemporary front yard gravel landscaping in Seattle.

Let the first impression of your home be a positive one with a beautifully landscaped front yard. While landscaping is often no small project, do it well and it’s sure to leave you much more satisfied with your home. While you browse the following front yard landscaping ideas, consider your home’s style, the natural environment around you and how to stay within budget.

1. Go With a Flattering Front Yard Landscape Design

If you’re looking for landscaping ideas in the front yard, the first thing you should do is determine what sorts of features would work well with your home. Traditional homes often look good with a front yard garden with an English style flower garden. Southwestern or Mediterranean style homes in drier climates work well with gravel, native grasses and palm trees. If you’re gathering front yard landscaping ideas for ranch style homes, you’ll want to consider features that complement the long front facade of your home. Climbing vines, a large shade tree or a meandering path to your front door may all help bring out your home’s best qualities.

2. Make a Budget and Stick With It

Looking for simple front yard landscaping ideas on a budget can be tricky, as plants, landscaping materials and hiring contractors can all be pricey. Of course, you can always do part of the project yourself, and hire landscape contractors for other parts. Another way to keep costs down for years to come is to go with front yard landscaping ideas that are low-maintenance, like gravel, patio pavers and native plants. If you like grass or an expensive type of plant, consider planting them in some areas, but filling in the rest of the space with rocks or stones.

3. Use Plants that Complement the Natural Landscape

While you plan out your dream front yard, consider the climate you live in and what sorts of plants and features will feel natural there. Native plants will thrive with the seasons and have a better chance of lasting down the road. Front yard landscaping ideas in Florida that feel natural might be very different from those that work well in Arizona. If you live in a place that doesn’t get a lot of rainfall, you may want to consider a drought tolerant front yard without grass, to keep your own maintenance costs low. Instead, you might browse front yard landscaping ideas with rocks, or adding a welcoming front porch or patio.

On the other hand, if you have a large front yard in a colder environment, you may want to go for a lush flower garden that’ll come into bloom in the spring. Picket fences, trellises and water fountains are all great for creating a beautiful, rustic front yard. One of the most simple front yard landscaping design plans is to plant a flower bed around the border of your home, with grass or gravel all around. Add in wooden planter boxes for a more functional, modern look, and plant whatever you like, from vegetables to roses.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a front yard landscaping renovation or are building a designer landscaping from scratch, Houzz has 72,961 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including CMHP Design, LLC and Stonepocket Unique Landscapes. Look through landscaping pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a front yard landscaping design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful front yard landscaping photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.